Home Owner Grants
Effective January 1, 2021, all Home Owner Grant applications are to be submitted directly to the Province of British Columbia.
Residents in municipalities no longer apply through their municipal office. Everyone now applies directly to the Province using a new online system that’s easy to use and will process applications faster. The system will be available in early 2021.
Province of British Columbia - Home Owner Grant www.gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant
Provincial Home Owner Grant Information
If you are eligible for the Home Owner Grant (HOG) you must advise your Mortgagor of the grant that you qualify for. This grant must be claimed each year that you are eligible, and cannot be signed by your Mortgagor.
If eligible, to avoid penalty for late payment of the grant portion of your property taxes, you must apply for a grant on or before the tax due date. You may apply before the tax due date. If the grant is not claimed prior to the due date, you will be levied a penalty on the total property tax amount outstanding of which your unclaimed grant is a part of. Home Owner Grants must be claimed each year.
Property tax overpayments can occur as a result of both the property owner and mortgagor paying the property taxes. Conversely, property tax underpayments and consequently penalties arise as a result of the property owner believing that the ‘Mortgagor (bank) will take care of it all'. The Mortgagor cannot claim the Home Owner Grant - it is your responsibility, if eligible, to claim the grant on or before the tax due date, to avoid a 10% penalty on the unclaimed grant portion of your property taxes.
For more information about Home Owner Grants click www.gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant